Trinity Lutheran ladies help victims of violence

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By Brenda Sexton

The Courier-Herald

For those who think a little bit doesn't help - those who believe a dollar donation here and there can't make a difference - look at Trinity Lutheran Church's Dorcus Circle.

When members of the Enumclaw church's ladies circle asked fellow church member Sarah Frerichs how they could help the local Domestic Violence Task Force, the task force's facilitator and advocate suggested the ladies raise money for emergency housing.

"We thought that was a great idea," Dorcus Circle member Elizabeth Snodgrass said. "We haven't kept track of it. We have gotten feedback on its use. We know that it's been important to those in crisis."

Like the Dorcus often described in the Bible, the women of the Dorcus Circle give openly of themselves. They are friends and helpers day or night, and they offer tireless acts of charity.

Every month for the past year, when meeting for Bible study and outreach, each of the five to seven Dorcus members has given $5 to Enumclaw's Domestic Violence Task Force to use for emergency housing. The task force, so overwhelmed by the generosity, set up a continual fund at White River Credit Union and the Enumclaw Police Station and appropriately named it the Dorcus Fund.

"I think these ladies are very special," Frerichs said. "At first, I think, they thought this isn't significant. But it is significant. It's very important what they do.

"Small things add up and they make a big difference."

Over the course of the year, the Dorcus Circle's contributions added up to more than $300.

"It's not like we went out and solicited this," Frerichs said. "They are gracious and giving women."

There are even more "gracious and giving" women at Trinity Lutheran. The quilting group there, which already supplies blankets to those in need around the world, are making more for women in domestic violence situations to use at transitional housing.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The Enumclaw Domestic Violence Task Force is a community-based organization dedicated to awareness and education about domestic violence and helping its victims. During October, the task force has set up a tree at City Hall with purple lights to remind people of the work still needing to be done. For more information, or to help, contact the Enumclaw Police Department at 360-825-3505.

Brenda Sexton can be reached at

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